Category Archives: DC Rock Live

Stiff Little Fingers – Death by Unga Bunga — Black Cat – Sep 26 2017

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What is this, a return from the dead? Well, yes, but don’t get used to it. I thought I would do an update one year after retirement. Actually, the real reason is that I feel obligated as the opening band’s PR rep offered me a free show featuring one of my all-time favorites that I was planning to go see anyway. So, in the spirit of band reformations, let’s reunite for one night only. As for me, yes, I am still in DC after looking around elsewhere for a possible move, but being convinced by my cat to stay here ...

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Landscapes open and the World is Mine

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The Top Ten of ‘Thanks To…’ List

DC ROCK LIVE comes to a close after eight fun filled years of covering the DC Live scene and music from around the world. It has been a blast and I will miss it terribly. But I am getting a bit too old for this and I think my run is complete, so it is time to move into some other activities. It all started as a simple communication device for my friends, an experiment in new media, and a vehicle to get me back in to the music scene full time after ...

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Landscapes open and the World is Mine

Source: DC Rock Live

The Top Ten of ‘Thanks To…’ List

DC ROCK LIVE comes to a close after eight fun filled years of covering the DC Live scene and music from around the world. It has been a blast and I will miss it terribly. But I am getting a bit too old for this and I think my run is complete, so it is time to move into some other activities. It all started as a simple communication device for my friends, an experiment in new media, and a vehicle to get me back in to the music scene full time after ...

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Landscapes open and the World is Mine

Source: DC Rock Live

The Top Ten of ‘Thanks To…’ List

DC ROCK LIVE comes to a close after eight fun filled years of covering the DC Live scene and music from around the world. It has been a blast and I will miss it terribly. But I am getting a bit too old for this and I think my run is complete, so it is time to move into some other activities. It all started as a simple communication device for my friends, an experiment in new media, and a vehicle to get me back in to the music scene full time after ...

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Opeth – The Sword — Radio City Music Hall – Oct 1 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

The Sword – Before getting to the Sword, a band I have seen and enjoyed many times, I am first impressed by my initial visit to this New York City landmark, built in 1932. It is huge, attractive, comfortable, and built for sound. It is a little odd seeing a band who headlines the Rock’n’Roll Hotel on such a huge stage, but it is hardly the first time for them, as they have opened for Metallica on a full tour. So they handle it well. And it is fitting that they are with Opeth on this tour, as the Sword ...

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Opeth – The Sword — Radio City Music Hall – Oct 1 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

The Sword – Before getting to the Sword, a band I have seen and enjoyed many times, I am first impressed by my initial visit to this New York City landmark, built in 1932. It is huge, attractive, comfortable, and built for sound. It is a little odd seeing a band who headlines the Rock’n’Roll Hotel on such a huge stage, but it is hardly the first time for them, as they have opened for Metallica on a full tour. So they handle it well. And it is fitting that they are with Opeth on this tour, as the Sword ...

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Opeth – The Sword — Radio City Music Hall – Oct 1 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

The Sword – Before getting to the Sword, a band I have seen and enjoyed many times, I am first impressed by my initial visit to this New York City landmark, built in 1932. It is huge, attractive, comfortable, and built for sound. It is a little odd seeing a band who headlines the Rock’n’Roll Hotel on such a huge stage, but it is hardly the first time for them, as they have opened for Metallica on a full tour. So they handle it well. And it is fitting that they are with Opeth on this tour, as the Sword ...

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Opeth – The Sword — Radio City Music Hall – Oct 1 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

The Sword – Before getting to the Sword, a band I have seen and enjoyed many times, I am first impressed by my initial visit to this New York City landmark, built in 1932. It is huge, attractive, comfortable, and built for sound. It is a little odd seeing a band who headlines the Rock’n’Roll Hotel on such a huge stage, but it is hardly the first time for them, as they have opened for Metallica on a full tour. So they handle it well. And it is fitting that they are with Opeth on this tour, as the Sword ...

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Opeth – The Sword — Radio City Music Hall – Oct 1 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

The Sword – Before getting to the Sword, a band I have seen and enjoyed many times, I am first impressed by my initial visit to this New York City landmark, built in 1932. It is huge, attractive, comfortable, and built for sound. It is a little odd seeing a band who headlines the Rock’n’Roll Hotel on such a huge stage, but it is hardly the first time for them, as they have opened for Metallica on a full tour. So they handle it well. And it is fitting that they are with Opeth on this tour, as the Sword ...

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RECORD REVIEWS – SEPTEMBER 2016

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BLEACHED “WELCOME TO THE WORMS”

RECORD REVIEWS - SEPTEMBER 2016

This is pop punk that is assertive enough to not be overly poppy to all but the hardened element of the scene. Or so it sounds to me. The pop component was always there in the early days of punk, but the volume and tempo was ratcheted up as is the case here. The female vocals are just tough enough while maintaining an attractive grasp of the melody and just enough range. There are some fine songs here, but a few more casual entries as well. It is more about the overall approach, which when ...

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RECORD REVIEWS – SEPTEMBER 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

BLEACHED “WELCOME TO THE WORMS”

RECORD REVIEWS - SEPTEMBER 2016

This is pop punk that is assertive enough to not be overly poppy to all but the hardened element of the scene. Or so it sounds to me. The pop component was always there in the early days of punk, but the volume and tempo was ratcheted up as is the case here. The female vocals are just tough enough while maintaining an attractive grasp of the melody and just enough range. There are some fine songs here, but a few more casual entries as well. It is more about the overall approach, which when ...

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The Buzzcocks – The Residuels — 9:30 Club – Sep 28 2016

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The Residuels – This Philadelphia trio begins with a blues rock workout that is deliberate and churning with underlying swampy power. Then they head off to more familiar punk rock ground with a bit more pace, melodic thrust, and power. The vocals are clean and merge into the sound well. There are elements of a whole lot of bands here, but the band’s personality and playing lifts everything to a satisfying conclusion… which is a cover of the 13th Floor Elevators classic, ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’. You can’t go terribly wrong there and they didn’t even stretching it out to ...

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The Buzzcocks – The Residuels — 9:30 Club – Sep 28 2016

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The Residuels – This Philadelphia trio begins with a blues rock workout that is deliberate and churning with underlying swampy power. Then they head off to more familiar punk rock ground with a bit more pace, melodic thrust, and power. The vocals are clean and merge into the sound well. There are elements of a whole lot of bands here, but the band’s personality and playing lifts everything to a satisfying conclusion… which is a cover of the 13th Floor Elevators classic, ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’. You can’t go terribly wrong there and they didn’t even stretching it out to ...

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The Buzzcocks – The Residuels — 9:30 Club – Sep 28 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

The Residuels – This Philadelphia trio begins with a blues rock workout that is deliberate and churning with underlying swampy power. Then they head off to more familiar punk rock ground with a bit more pace, melodic thrust, and power. The vocals are clean and merge into the sound well. There are elements of a whole lot of bands here, but the band’s personality and playing lifts everything to a satisfying conclusion… which is a cover of the 13th Floor Elevators classic, ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’. You can’t go terribly wrong there and they didn’t even stretching it out to ...

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The Buzzcocks – The Residuels — 9:30 Club – Sep 28 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

The Residuels – This Philadelphia trio begins with a blues rock workout that is deliberate and churning with underlying swampy power. Then they head off to more familiar punk rock ground with a bit more pace, melodic thrust, and power. The vocals are clean and merge into the sound well. There are elements of a whole lot of bands here, but the band’s personality and playing lifts everything to a satisfying conclusion… which is a cover of the 13th Floor Elevators classic, ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’. You can’t go terribly wrong there and they didn’t even stretching it out to ...

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Kyle’s Previews in this, our final week…

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Coming Attractions – The Best of This Week
by Kyle Schmitt

Punk legends Buzzcocks take the 9:30 stage on Wednesday, September 28. Formed 40 years ago in England, the band still writes and performs music that affirms the joy of rock ’n’ roll. Come watch guitarist Steve Diggle show how it’s done (and maybe toss around some mic stands).


The Bird and the Bee play Black Cat on Thursday, September 29. This Los Angeles-based duo makes danceable tunes built on Greg Kurstin’s retro pop sensibilities and the smooth, inviting vocals of Inara George. Watch their video for “Will You Dance?”, ...

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Kyle’s Previews in this, our final week…

Source: DC Rock Live

Coming Attractions – The Best of This Week
by Kyle Schmitt

Punk legends Buzzcocks take the 9:30 stage on Wednesday, September 28. Formed 40 years ago in England, the band still writes and performs music that affirms the joy of rock ’n’ roll. Come watch guitarist Steve Diggle show how it’s done (and maybe toss around some mic stands).


The Bird and the Bee play Black Cat on Thursday, September 29. This Los Angeles-based duo makes danceable tunes built on Greg Kurstin’s retro pop sensibilities and the smooth, inviting vocals of Inara George. Watch their video for “Will You Dance?”, ...

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Kyle’s Previews in this, our final week…

Source: DC Rock Live

Coming Attractions – The Best of This Week
by Kyle Schmitt

Punk legends Buzzcocks take the 9:30 stage on Wednesday, September 28. Formed 40 years ago in England, the band still writes and performs music that affirms the joy of rock ’n’ roll. Come watch guitarist Steve Diggle show how it’s done (and maybe toss around some mic stands).


The Bird and the Bee play Black Cat on Thursday, September 29. This Los Angeles-based duo makes danceable tunes built on Greg Kurstin’s retro pop sensibilities and the smooth, inviting vocals of Inara George. Watch their video for “Will You Dance?”, ...

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Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders – Julia Jacklin — DC9 – Sep 24 2016

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Julia Jacklin – Tonight’s all Australasian show begins with a singer songwriter on vocals and electric guitar, accompanied with one guitarist for all but one song. Julia Jacklin keeps things steady as there is a moderate pace to the strumming, which makes the vocals a bit more dramatic than they might be, were they lost in guitar wash. The songs are interesting with quiet deep tones and the sizable crowd is attentive, which is nice for a Saturday night. There is good chemistry between crowd and performer with the banter and things are off to a fine start. Julia Jacklin ...

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Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders – Julia Jacklin — DC9 – Sep 24 2016

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Julia Jacklin – Tonight’s all Australasian show begins with a singer songwriter on vocals and electric guitar, accompanied with one guitarist for all but one song. Julia Jacklin keeps things steady as there is a moderate pace to the strumming, which makes the vocals a bit more dramatic than they might be, were they lost in guitar wash. The songs are interesting with quiet deep tones and the sizable crowd is attentive, which is nice for a Saturday night. There is good chemistry between crowd and performer with the banter and things are off to a fine start. Julia Jacklin ...

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Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders – Julia Jacklin — DC9 – Sep 24 2016

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Julia Jacklin – Tonight’s all Australasian show begins with a singer songwriter on vocals and electric guitar, accompanied with one guitarist for all but one song. Julia Jacklin keeps things steady as there is a moderate pace to the strumming, which makes the vocals a bit more dramatic than they might be, were they lost in guitar wash. The songs are interesting with quiet deep tones and the sizable crowd is attentive, which is nice for a Saturday night. There is good chemistry between crowd and performer with the banter and things are off to a fine start. Julia Jacklin ...

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Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders – Julia Jacklin — DC9 – Sep 24 2016

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Julia Jacklin – Tonight’s all Australasian show begins with a singer songwriter on vocals and electric guitar, accompanied with one guitarist for all but one song. Julia Jacklin keeps things steady as there is a moderate pace to the strumming, which makes the vocals a bit more dramatic than they might be, were they lost in guitar wash. The songs are interesting with quiet deep tones and the sizable crowd is attentive, which is nice for a Saturday night. There is good chemistry between crowd and performer with the banter and things are off to a fine start. Julia Jacklin ...

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Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders – Julia Jacklin — DC9 – Sep 24 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

Julia Jacklin – Tonight’s all Australasian show begins with a singer songwriter on vocals and electric guitar, accompanied with one guitarist for all but one song. Julia Jacklin keeps things steady as there is a moderate pace to the strumming, which makes the vocals a bit more dramatic than they might be, were they lost in guitar wash. The songs are interesting with quiet deep tones and the sizable crowd is attentive, which is nice for a Saturday night. There is good chemistry between crowd and performer with the banter and things are off to a fine start. Julia Jacklin ...

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Jah Wobble & the Invaders of the Heart — Rock’n’Roll Hotel – Sep 23 2016

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Jah Wobble & the Invaders of the Heart – After opening with a fine number from their new album, the band kicked in with a ferocious take on ‘Socialist’ from PiL’s Metal Box LP. As my jaw dropped due to both the selection and the incredible version they concocted, I wondered what is next, ‘Fodderstompf’? Well, no, that came later to close off a magnificent set by former Public Image bassist Jah Wobble and his superb bandmates. Having missed out on Wobble when he was in PiL, I was looking forward to tonight. But I had no expectations that this ...

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Jah Wobble & the Invaders of the Heart — Rock’n’Roll Hotel – Sep 23 2016

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Jah Wobble & the Invaders of the Heart – After opening with a fine number from their new album, the band kicked in with a ferocious take on ‘Socialist’ from PiL’s Metal Box LP. As my jaw dropped due to both the selection and the incredible version they concocted, I wondered what is next, ‘Fodderstompf’? Well, no, that came later to close off a magnificent set by former Public Image bassist Jah Wobble and his superb bandmates. Having missed out on Wobble when he was in PiL, I was looking forward to tonight. But I had no expectations that this ...

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